Funerals Becomes COVID-19 Super Spreaders

GOVERNMENT has noted with concern that funerals have been one of the causes why COVID-19 new cases have been rising lately.

Staff Reporter

Speaking to Journalist, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said the government was working flat out reduce the COVID-19 burden on citizens.

Funerals have become major spreaders within the Provinces, the Environmental Health Workers and Police are upping their game in the enforcement of the mandatory numbers. While Village Health Workers are playing their part in educating villagers, we implore traditional leaders to be more visible and forceful in the enforcement of lockdown regulations.

“Shortage of some PPE; misinformation on vaccines about their alleged negative effects; and shortage of health care workers at some stations. Some District Hospitals, such as Nyanga and Chipinge require bulk oxygen tanks, while some like Zvimba in Mashonaland West, Plumtree and Gwanda in Matabeleland South require functional Isolation Centres. Construction works at Mvurwi Hospital in Mashonaland Central Province should be expeditiously completed to meet the current rising demand,” Mutsvangwa said.

Senator Mutsvangwa added that the preparations were ongoing to ensure smooth opening of the second term for both primary and secondary schools.

“With regard to primary and secondary education, the nation is advised that in preparation for the opening of schools for the Second Term, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Child Care, has instituted the following contingency measures.

“Inspection visits being carried out to assess the state of preparedness at all boarding schools, high enrolment day schools and schools with very limited infrastructure ensuring adequate WASH provisions at every school, completion of COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control training workshops for teaching and non-teaching staff and confirmation of COVID-19 essential supplies in all districts.

“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education is working on modalities to enable a blend of face-to-face classroom learning, remote learning at home and in communities, as well as alternative learning platforms, such as e-learning, radio and television,” Mutsvangwa said.

The country recorded a total of 1949 and 28 deaths as of 06 July 2021.

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